Is Deference Really Safer than Deterrence? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Beware international affairs the next five months, a dangerous period for America. Deterrence is a nation’s ability to discourage aggressors by instilling in them a credible fear of punishment far greater than any perceived gain that could be achieved by an attack. Deterrence is quite different from deference, which is a courteous accommodation to the will of another, often one deemed superior. Deterrence is ultimately enhanced by the possession of overwhelming military force, but it is unfortunately not thereby ensured.
"Oderint, dum metuant" - Seneca (Let them hate, so long as they fear.) ~Bob